How do I protect my containerized rubber plant from cold damage?

Asked October 2, 2013, 6:54 PM EDT

I live in Florida. I have my rubber plant in the carport, and the plant is doing great. My question is, what do I do in the winter? I can't bring it indoors because I live in a mobile home. How can I care for the rubber plant?

Lake County Florida trees and shrubs container gardening cold damage

1 Response

Lake County is located in hardiness zone 9, but the rubber tree, Ficus elastica, prefers living in south Florida in zones 10 and 11. You will need to protect the tree from cold weather. Visit this website for information from the University of Florida: http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/hot_topics/lawn_and_garden/cold_
protection_of_ornamental_plants.html
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Also, contact the lake County Extension office for other local plant and insect questions: http://lake.ifas.ufl.edu/.